Finding Checkmate

Finding Checkmate

Start attacking weak kings and deliver checkmates!

Have you ever wondered how strong players know which squares to attack? Do you want to improve your checkmating abilities? Then this course is for you! By learning how to attack weak squares and how to calculate checkmates you will start improving your results. Start winning your games with these checkmates!

Here is what you will learn:

  • How to identify weak squares
  • Pawn races and how to calculate them
  • Checkmate exercises
  • The importance of king safety
  • Back rank checkmates!
Pawn Race

Pawn Race

When both sides only have kings and pawns it's essential to count how many moves each side will take to promote. Usually whoever gets there first will win the game!
4 min
5 sfide
Back Rank Checkmates

Back Rank Checkmates

Castling is a good idea, but if the king is on the back rank without other pieces to defend it, it may be vulnerable to a back rank checkmate from a rook or queen. It's often a good idea to advance one pawn in front of the king to create an escape square and avoid mate.
3 min
5 sfide
Weak Targets: f2 and f7

Weak Targets: f2 and f7

The f2 and f7 pawns are only defended by the king in the starting position, so it can be subject to attack. If you can attack your opponent's f-pawn with two pieces when it's only defended by a king you can frequently win material or checkmate. A good defensive idea is to castle so that your rook defends the f-pawn.
3 min
5 sfide
King Safety

King Safety

Never forget to protect your most important piece, the king. A material advantage doesn't matter if there's checkmate. Be careful to defend potential checkmating squares near your king and to give your king escape routes if needed.
3 min
5 sfide
Don't Just Check

Don't Just Check

Attacking the king is great - but it's not always the right move. Be patient. Make sure that a check accomplishes a goal, like helping to mate or preventing your opponent from castling. If your opponent has a useful move to get out of check, it's probably not worth it.
4 min
5 sfide
Checkmate in 2 Moves

Checkmate in 2 Moves

It's helpful to look at all of the checks for each side and see if there are checkmates or other tactics available on the next move.
3 min
5 sfide

Lezioni

Finding Checkmate

Fondamentali
6 lezioni
20 minuti
30 sfide
Pubblicata December 26, 2018
438.857 Students